Veldheer, who started all 16 games at left tackle before the Raiders signed him to a five-year, $35 million deal in free agency in 2015, was seeking to have the suspension overturned, but voluntarily retired from the sport last week to avoid having to serve any ban. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said: “At this time, we have no update on Jared Veldheer’s status.”

As everyone knows, the NFL is serious about its policy on banned substances. We’re talking about the league that suspended a guy for smoking a vapor cigarette, a player for using a cell phone in the stadium, and another for wearing unapproved tape on his wrists. So, when the Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer failed a drug test for the banned testosterone booster Andriol, you can bet he was expecting some sort of punishment. Well, he was right. Sort of.

Veteran offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals, Jared Veldheer, announced his retirement on Monday.  The news comes after he’s been suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.  Veldheer, who played 9 seasons for the Oakland Raiders, signed a 1-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals this past March.

Testing an NFL player for a banned substance in the offseason and suspending him for the game is not usually a sensational event. If a player chooses to decline a suspension, the story gets even more interesting. If that player is Jared Veldheer, an offensive lineman who has gone from obscurity to being a blocker for some great NFL quarterbacks, it gets even more interesting. And when this player makes a strong statement about his health after his NFL career is over, it creates an interesting situation.

Jared Veldheer went from a small Division II college to an 11-year NFL veteran

Jared Veldheer | Photo George Gojkovich/Getty Images word-image-13991 Veldheer’s path to the NFL is certainly unique. The huge 6-foot-2 offensive defender grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and did not play in college, which would have been a major football destination. Instead, he enrolled at tiny Hillsdale College, a Division II university. Veldheer started all four years at Hillsdale and helped the school reach the Division II playoffs for the first time in its history, according to HillsdaleChargers.com. He was a first team All-GLIAC member as a junior and senior and a first team All-American as a senior. Despite the high level of competition, the Oakland Raiders selected Veldheer with the 69th overall pick. Third round in the 2010 NFL Draft. The linebacker played 11 seasons in the NFL as a left and right guard. He has played for the Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts. After defending QB Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, Weldhire retired to coach high school football. The Indianapolis Colts brought a lineman-turned-coach out of retirement to block Phillip Rivers in the 2020 playoffs. Veldheer nearly made history later in the 2020 postseason. He nearly became the first player to play for two teams in the same playoffs when he signed with Green Bay after the loss against Indy. However, he tested positive for COVID-19 even before he was on the field for the Packers.

NFL suspends Veldheer for six games for taking fertility drug

Free agent OT Jared Veldheer, who nearly became the first player in NFL history to play for two teams in the same postseason, has been suspended for the first six weeks of the 2021 season. – Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 27, 2021 Veldheer is currently a free agent. Lineman retired early and hasn’t played in a game since 2018, so it’s likely he’ll be back coaching high school after last season. But that didn’t stop the NFL from suspending the veteran for six games when he tested positive for a banned substance. Veldheer later confirmed that it was Clomid, a drug developed to treat infertility in women. Although the FDA has approved Clomid only for women, men sometimes take it as well, reports Healthline. The drug stimulates testosterone in men, which can help with male infertility or athletes who want to gain an edge through higher testosterone levels. Statement from veteran OT Jared Veldheer, who has already decided to retire and says he was prescribed the drug that got him suspended for six games: pic.twitter.com/QTe8CsaYx6 – Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 27, 2021 An hour after Veldheer’s suspension was announced, NFL Network reporter Tom Pellicero tweeted Veldheer’s statement:

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